The Role of (Self Care) to Build a Prosperous Business

Smart devices have essentially re-programmed how we interact with and experience our world.


How much more can we add to our jammed calendars? How many more communication methods can we reasonably maintain? How many items on our ‘to-do’ list do we actually check off at the end of each day?

In our uber-connected world, supported by technology unfathomable even five years ago, the pace of a typical workday has some of us on “mach” speed. How can we realistically maintain this pace and still produce superior quality work product? That’s an ongoing question and struggle for so many of us, and our clients.

Smart devices have essentially re-programmed how we interact with and experience our world.

As our work and personal lives fuse together, we are challenged to create boundaries that protect our health and well-being with self care. For those who have worked in a law firm environment, we understand clearly the highly stressed, deadline-driven culture of “more is more.” This mindset is detrimentally opposed to a well-balanced body-mind-spirit experience, quickly leading to a total ‘burn-out’ health crisis.

According to a recent Gallup study of 7,500 full-time employees, two thirds experienced burnout to some degree within the last three years. Burned-out employees take more sick days and are 23 percent more likely to carry around a heavy feeling of self-doubt and lack.

Wellness and mind-body practice is a health path forward.

As we struggle to “do it all”, how much does all facets of our health suffer? What are our daily practices to protect our body, mind and spirit? According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, individuals who engaged in a meditation retreat were assessed before and after. Active participants reported a decrease in anxiety and depression as well as an increase in mindfulness. The practice of mindfulness is as simple as maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts through a gentle, nurturing lens.

Benefits of hitting the pause button.

In our personal quest to achieve “success,” we can lose the internal cues that are foundational to our connection with ourselves and we diminish our ability to self-regulate (control emotions, concentration, and joy). With consistent and persistent practice, we can achieve a powerful ability to decrease anxiety, increase joy and fulfillment, increase performance capabilities and produce a more mindful state. At the root of all these attributes is self-regulation.

Simple yet powerful effects of breath play an essential role to the fundamentals of health, well-being, healing and human performance. Specific breathing techniques can have a tremendous impact on decreasing stress and other inflammatory states, enhancing brainpower and balancing emotions. Sharpening this internal regulation tool will assist to achieve deeper sleep and improve digestive issues while resisting “thought clutter.”

Further, specific breathing practices will enrich the connection to yourself (self-awareness, self-esteem, etc.) as well as deepen your connection to a powerful reserve of energy that will support a higher level of health, healing, wellness and performance in all areas of your life.

Consider how many times a day you actually stop all activity to simply “be,” without motion or in the state of doing? Experts agree that the longer we stay in motion of “doing”, the less healthy we are “being.” Yes, it stands in direct contrast to satisfying our billable hour requirements and project lists, but, in the long-term, we will benefit from a more efficient and productive work schedule. Try it for yourself.

Dread the gym? This smart mirror delivers your fitness fix at home

We visited Mirror’s HQ in NYC to test it out and to see if it’s really worth cancelling that gym membership for.

You’re probably thinking that there’s plenty of at-home fitness equipment on the market, but this one isn’t an eyesore. Unlike a spin bike or treadmill, it also brings you a huge variety of exercises from yoga to barre, and even weight training. But at $1,500, Mirror is an investment you want to be sure about. We visited Mirror’s HQ in NYC to test it out and to see if it’s really worth cancelling that gym membership for.

Looks sleek and high-end

For $1,500, one would hope the product not only works well but looks nice too — especially if it’s hanging in the middle of your home. It does. When we saw the product ahead of its debut in September, we were blown away. At first glance it appears to be a normal mirror with an extremely sleek look framed in dark, carbon steel, but there’s a mineral bronze powder-coated LCD inside.

At the top is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera (which will be used for personal training classes in 2019) that comes with a convenient cover you can slide on and off, for those worried about privacy. It’s a little bulky and distracting, and takes away from the streamlined look of it. The 40-inch display boasts a 1080p resolution, and in our demo, content looked crisp and bright on the screen. To hear your workouts loud and clear, there are also two 10-watt speakers built in.

There’s no touchscreen capability, which might be for the best if you imagine the potential for fingerprints and smudges. With dual-band Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, everything is connected from Mirror’s app on your smartphone. That way, you can also sync a heart-rate monitor or your Apple Watch to see your beats per minute in real time during workouts. Unfortunately, the app is compatible only with iOS devices for now.

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Health IT C-suite to become [organizational] leaders

The CIO is now needed from the standpoint of strategy development because he or she is affecting the entire organization.

The healthcare CIO is the correct initialism for “chief information officer,” but as the landscape continues to shift—with the focus now on digital and strategic optimization, transformation and innovation—some observers are now wondering if “information” is really the most appropriate word for all that encompasses the modern-day CIO.

For the past two decades, Chuck Podesta has been a healthcare CIO, spending the last four years at UC Irvine Health, the integrated health system at the University of California-Irvine in Orange County, California. Podesta recalls the days when the CIO had a more IT-based title and financially-related job in healthcare, since clinical IT wasn’t a strong focus at that time. But with the evolution of EHRs (electronic health records), says Podesta, “The focus became clinical and the job suddenly had a broader scope. It’s not just the day-to-day running of the systems anymore; the CIO is now needed from the standpoint of strategy development because he or she is affecting the entire organization.”


Some would refer to the early-day healthcare CIO as an IT engineer of sorts, someone very technology-focused whose core responsibilities centered around hardware and software implementations, and getting servers up-and-running within the organization. Then came the influx of EHR deployments across hospitals and health systems, and now that there is near-universal possession of EHRs in U.S. hospitals, the tide is once again shifting.

“In the past, the CIO had more of a technical role and the focus was more on the operational side of the house—things such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and the billing cycle. But the widespread advent of EHRs changed so much of that,” says Dave Levin, M.D., a former chief medical information officer (CMIO) at Cleveland Clinic and current chief medical officer at health technology company Sansoro Health. “When you deployed the EHR, it tightly linked clinical operations to IT. And that’s obvious. But it also put IT in the middle of enabling all kinds of activities and strategies. So, this requires strong enterprise governance and strong IT governance, and it requires that they fit together. A lot of organizations are struggling with that, and that’s reflected in the role the CIO plays,” Levin says.

Podesta notes that when the CIO title first came about, many directors of IT in healthcare organizations wanted the “chief” designation. But to Podesta, there was a key difference between IT directors and CIOs: good directors of IT spend 80 percent of their time managing day-to-day operations and 20 percent of their time on strategy, but for “true” CIOs, it’s the opposite, he says. “There was a period where there was a ‘filtering out’ of individuals who tried to become CIOs, but were really IT directors and couldn’t make that leap into the strategy world. That led to a changing of the guard,” he says, adding that much of the new focus turned to developing EHRs and then becoming an equal player in the C-suite on the strategy teams. “You have to be able to work on IT strategy and develop it in conjunction with the business strategy,” Podesta attests.

Today’s CIO – One of the Scariest Jobs in Healthcare?

The most incredible technology you’ve never seen

The biological world has already demonstrated what’s possible on this scale — if we’re going to aim big as a species, it’s time we think small.

There’s money to be made and lives to be saved with the tiny stuff that’s all around us.

Saving the world (or some subset of people in it) is in vogue among the world’s wealthiest.

Jeff Bezos has a rocket company, Blue Origin. Bezos believes our future is extraterrestrial, and his rocket company exists because he thinks the price for getting anything off this rock is too damn high.

Bezos is not alone. Elon Musk is also building huge, reusable rockets. He wants to see humans fly to Mars, initially on a lark but eventually for forever.

This type of long-term thinking about the future of our species coupled with serious investment is important. But Bezos and Musk (and most other investors) are missing the most significant — and smallest — technological opportunity to save humanity.

No one has captured this tech blindspot better than my friend and Ginkgo Bioworks Co-Founder Jason Kelly. He did it by showing an image like this:

“What’s the most advanced piece of technology you see on this desk?,” Kelly asked his audience. The correct answer is in green.

A $4 houseplant is one of the most astonishing objects ever assembled. It’s a biodegradable, carbon-capturing, self-replicating, solar-powered work of art. Have you ever bought an electronic gadget that even comes close?

The mind-bending fact that a common shrub is more advanced than the latest MacBook Pro is overlooked by almost everyone. We fail to see it for a simple reason: the coolest parts of a plant can’t be seen. Not with the naked eye, at least.

It’s at the molecular level that plants fix CO2, soak up sunlight and churn out nutrients that we can eat. Way down at the level of atoms and molecules, the most mundane living objects are doing things that our best engineers can only dream of.

Small solutions to big problems

Humanity faces enormous, imminent challenges. The way we use energy is poisoning the planet, we are on track to use up many of our most important non-renewable resources, and we are ill prepared for the next inevitable global pandemic. And that’s just a small sampling of the challenges we see coming; there are dozens more around corners we can’t see around.

Major advances in deep tech — the marriage of hard sciences and emerging technology — is going to be critical if humanity is to survive these challenges and thrive, but most of the money in the world is maintained or managed by people who do not have formal scientific training. For example, just 5% of the Forbes richest 400 people have formal scientific training. Most therefore invest in things they’re familiar with, like real estate, software and finance.

I founded OS Fund to support the scientists entrepreneurs bringing deep tech to market; leveraging hard sciences and technology to rewrite the basic operating systems of our world. Atoms, molecules, genes and proteins can be designed like never before. The biological world has already demonstrated what’s possible on this scale — if we’re going to aim big as a species, it’s time we think small.

At OS Fund, we don’t invest in particular problems. Instead of trying to solve energy or climate change or the spread of disease, we invest in the foundational technology that could be applied to solve all problems. In the same way that early computer companies like Intel, Apple and Microsoft helped spawn the modern era of computing, we aim to do the same thing with atoms, molecules, organisms and complex systems.

The scientists at Ginkgo Bioworks, one of the first companies in the OS Fund ecosystem, are charting their way by designing bacteria that puff out perfume, crops that fertilize themselves, gut microbes to make medicine, and much more. With three highly automated foundries up and running, the company is poised to upset almost every industry you can think of.

Arzeda, another OS Fund company, is using computers to design new genetically-encoded nanomachines, otherwise known as proteins. Although most of us know proteins only as food, these intricate biological objects actually do almost all the work needed to keep cells alive. Designing new proteins from scratch will let humanity play by biology’s rules, meaning we can design our way to better food, fuels and chemicals in the greenest way possible.

Another OS Fund company rewriting our world is NuMat, where they’re arranging atoms in MOFs (metal organic frameworks) to create the most powerful sponges you’ve never heard of. NuMat works at the intersection of high-performance computing, chemistry, and hardware systems to design and manufacture materials that can filter non-renewable material like xenon out of thin air.

But wait, I can hear you thinking, isn’t AI going to eliminate the need for this kind of innovation?

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Traffic Index to spotlight top [20 mobile] ad networks -Kochava launches

The number of active users, Simmons noted, thus relates to the quality of the ads and the inventory in a given network.

20 mobile

How the ranking was determined: The ranking is based on four metrics relating to ads that drive app installs, which is mostly what Kochava measures and assigns credit for.

They are signal clarity, fraud, quality and correlation (the statistical relationship between clicks and conversions) reported by the networks. Kochava integrates with 3000 or so mobile ad networks.

Signal clarity is the data surrounding clicks, impressions and postbacks. Head of Client Analytics Grant Simmons told me that networks sometimes only report clicks, for instance, and are less clear about related data, such as device ID, creative ID, transaction ID and so on. Postbacks are the data that Kochava returns to the network, relating to whether the ads led to app installs, and this data is used by networks for optimization.

The percent of fraudulent traffic is based on measurement via Kochava’s fraud console, and quality is how many active users the network retains. The number of active users, Simmons noted, thus relates to the quality of the ads and the inventory in a given network.

Other rankings: Simmons pointed to two other rankings of mobile ad networks, by attribution firms Appsflyer and Tune, although the latter’s attribution business is now owned by deep linking firm Branch. The difference in the rankings, he said, is that Kochava puts more emphasis on signal clarity, and thus on the quality of correlation between click and install.

Why this matters to marketers: “This [ranking] is an effort to clear up this industry,” Simmons said, adding that it is “remarkably fraudulent.”

Why this Kochava launches now

Have [Evidence] That Supermassive Black Holes Could Be Spectacularly Colliding Across The Universe

New stars get birthed from cold gas, and hot jet streams stop that from happening – and if those jets are spinning around in pairs rather than fixed in one place, that has consequences for the number of stars a galaxy can produce.

Scientists have previously suspected supermassive black holes can merge together, and have seen signs of these cosmic collisions on a smaller scale. Now new research backs up the hypothesis – and shows evidence that it could be happening all across the Universe.

Astronomers studying detailed radio maps of jet sources – powerful beams of ionised matter thrown out by black holes – have found a surprisingly high number of scenarios that matched patterns consistent with binary black holes (two black holes orbiting each other).

These binaries are likely to lead to mergers on a supermassive scale, the researchers say, with galaxies devouring each other, and the black holes at their centres joining to create even greater forces than before.

These are fundamental ideas about how the Universe works and evolves.

“We have studied the jets in different conditions for a long time with computer simulations,” says one of the team, astronomer Martin Krause from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.


Now, the researchers compared these computer simulations with radio map data gathered from the MERLIN array of telescopes to find signs of precession – apparent alterations in the axis of rotation of the supermassive black holes under observation, suggesting a binary link where two black holes are indeed pulling and pushing each other.

Of the 33 jet sources studied, 24 (73 percent) were consistent with the sort of patterns we’d expect from a binary black hole dance. This could be happening a lot.

“In this first systematic comparison to high-resolution radio maps of the most powerful radio sources, we were astonished to find signatures that were compatible with jet precession in three quarters of the sources,” says Krause.

Before we get too carried away, it’s worth noting that actually observing these supermassive black hole mergers is going to be very difficult.

It’s probably beyond the capabilities of our current technology – but at least the early signs are good.

And as usual in these kind of studies, some assumptions are being made about how to interpret the data: more than one explanation is possible. This is how we can unravel the mysteries of space, one piece of evidence at a time.

First comes the informed hypothesis, then (hopefully) comes the proof – whether that’s black holes ejecting matter twice or feeding from a magnetic field.

If the astronomers are right in this case, it could teach us a lot about how galaxies form.

New stars get birthed from cold gas, and hot jet streams stop that from happening – and if those jets are spinning around in pairs rather than fixed in one place, that has consequences for the number of stars a galaxy can produce.

That sort of analysis will have to wait. For now, it seems we might have to adjust our expectations around just how many binary black holes – and subsequent supermassive black hole mergers – there are out there.

“The high fraction of close binary black holes in powerful jet sources might suggest that supermassive black holes in general are very likely to occur as a binary system,” the researchers conclude.

Philip Morris International’s smoke-free dream [succeed] in South East Asia?

The new versions aim to further encourage a growing number of smokers to switch as PMI claims Iqos has helped almost six million adult smokers quit cigarettes, with more than half of those in Japan.

As Philip Morris International (PMI) continues on its mission to provide better choices to people who smoke, it faces a major roadblock in Asia Pacific countries that have banned electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

While South Korea and Japan are its biggest markets for e-cigarettes in APAC, governments in South East Asian countries like Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong have banned the use of these handheld electronic devices, with Malaysia looking to go down the same path.

Despite these restrictions, PMI remains hopeful that its e-cigarettes project, named Iqos, a branded smoke-free heated tobacco unit, will succeed and help the company stop selling cigarettes altogether.

At a global press conference today (23 Oct) in Tokyo, PMI launched the new Iqos 3 and Iqos 3 multi, which it claims integrate consumer insights and feedback it has received to improve design and user experience while maintaining signature taste, sensory attributes and ritual of smoking cigarettes.

The new versions aim to further encourage a growing number of smokers to switch as PMI claims Iqos has helped almost six million adult smokers quit cigarettes, with more than half of those in Japan.

“Our dream was to create a better alternative for smokers, and Iqos has made this dream a reality; it’s a revolution for the 1.1 billion people who smoke,” said André Calantzopoulos, PMI’s chief executive officer at the event.

“Iqos 3 and Iqos 3 multi deliver significant improvement and innovation and mark another step toward convincing all men and women who would otherwise continue to smoke to switch to smoke-free alternatives. Iqos consumers know that this product changes many things in their lives — we thank them, and we thank Japan for leading this positive change.”

However, with this alternative not available to people in the aforementioned SEA countries, Calantzopoulos suggested that the government of these countries that banned e-cigarettes still struggle with the question of whether they should allow better alternatives to cigarettes in the market.

He added that governments have a responsibility to evaluate whether better alternatives should exist, assess the new product and thoroughly examine its benefits, and treat their citizens as adults and give them the information and access to the product.

“I think we have to be very logical here because if a better product exists for consumers, the question is, why these consumers should not have access to this product and information?” he asked, in response to The Drum’s question during the Q&A on whether PSI is still keen to stop selling cigarettes in these SEA countries.

“If this product is not available, what alternatives do people have than continuing to smoke cigarettes? Yes, we can dream of a world where suddenly everyone quits smoking. But for people who are concern about their health, what should we do?”

Calantzopoulos also pointed out that in many other product categories, companies are introducing alternatives. He gave an example of solar panels, which might not have no zero effects on the environment, but is still better than burning coal.

“None of this product has zero effect. Sometimes the discussions that people in public health have is ‘Ok, I will allow alternative cigarettes if there are zero risks’. If zero risks, it means zero taste and nicotine. Nobody will buy our products,” he said.

“Sometimes, people are very emotional about cigarettes and we should stop these emotions, and have conversations about this because people around the world deserve it.”

“We will do everything we can to convince governments, like the government of Singapore. I think that as the product expands and the categories grow around the world because the benefits are clear, governments, like the government of Singapore, which is a very reasonable government in general, will also reconsider their decision.”

What happens after conversations with the government